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Without God we are like dried leaves blowing aimlessly in the wind

The word this week

First Sunday of Advent: Is 63:16-17 & 64: 1 & 3-8; 1 Cor 1: 3-8; Mk 13: 33-37

Daily readings: November 20 – 26

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

Our lives are a pilgrimage to the Kingdom of God

The word this week

The Solemnity of Christ the King: Ez 34: 11-12 & 15-17; 1 Cor 15: 20-26 & 28; Mt 25: 31-46

The bishop who charmed kings and ate with lepers

St Hugh observes St Bruno adoring the Virgin and Child

Saint of the week

St Hugh of Lincoln (November 17) travelled around his diocese defending the poor and needy against the powerful and insolent

Staying watchful for the Lord’s coming

The word this week

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year: Prov 31:10-13, 19-20 & 30-31; 1 Thess 5:1-6; Mt 25: 14-30

Daily readings: November 13 – 19

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The pope who persuaded Attila the Hun to spare Rome

St Leo held that the devil reigned in every challenge to orthodoxy

Saint of the week

St Leo the Great (November 10) vigorously sought to maintain the unity of the Church

Daily readings: November 6 – 12

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The wealthy boy who dreamed of escaping luxury

St Charles Borromeo was a patron of the composer Palestrina

Saint of the week

St Charles Borromeo (November 4) as Archbishop of Milan was hugely influential at the Council of Trent

‘Stay awake, because you do not know either the day or hour’

The word this week

Thirty Second Sunday of the Year: Wisdom 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13